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Posted: Friday, December 6, 2013 8:30 pm

Washington High School’s involvement in the American Cancer Society Coaches vs. Cancer Shootout means a lot to boys basketball coach Grant Young.

His wife, Julia Young, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010.

Media day for the Coaches vs. Cancer Shootout took place Thursday at LockerDome in St. Louis.

The shootout takes place Thursday, Jan. 9. Washington will play the second game of the day against Holt in a GAC Central contest at 11 a.m.

Participating teams were on hand to promote the event.

When it was Washington’s turn to speak, Young took the opportunity to share how cancer has affected his family.

“I’m very blessed to get the opportunity to coach in this event. My wife is a breast cancer survivor. She was diagnosed three years ago. She’s gone through 11 surgeries now in the last three years,” Young told the crowd. “It’s been a blessing to have different organizations, like Coaches vs. Cancer and the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks, support us through our tough time over the past three years. The Purdy (girls) team I had the opportunity to coach and win a state title with, it brought our team together with everything she went through. It’s a great opportunity for us to participate in this event and to give back to everything that has been given to us.”

Grant shared more about his wife with The Missourian.

“She was diagnosed while she was pregnant with our second child. She had two rounds of chemo before delivery of the child. They induced labor on her birthday, which was a special deal for her. She then had three more rounds of chemo after she delivered the baby,” Young said. “She’s doing really good. This is the third year that she’s been cancer free. They haven’t found anything new.”

It was an emotional time when Young’s Purdy girls team won the 2011 Class 2 state championship.

“After we won our state semifinal game, the team we were getting ready to play for the championship won by 30 in the semifinals. I was a little dejected about it because I didn’t think we had a chance against them,” Young said. “Walking out of the Hearnes Center, Julia put her arm around me and told me there was no way we were going to lose. She told me that the state championship game was going to be played on the same date she was diagnosed with breast cancer, so there was no way we were going to lose. She gave me a kiss on the cheek and I walked on our bus a little teary-eyed. Two days later, we went out and beat a very good Couch team to win the state title.”

Young cherishes the opportunity to play in this year’s shootout.

“The Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks really helped us out because it’s very expensive to go through cancer with all the chemo treatments and radiation treatments,” Young said. “It’s always a blessing to give back to all the people who have helped us for what my wife has gone through in the last three years. It’s nice to be a part of something special like this and to show kids what it means to give back to society and to people who go through tough times and the adversity that we’ve gone through.”

Representing the Blue Jays at media day were seniors Jacob Mulkey, Brad Carpenter and Ronnie Suggs.

“I’m excited about it. It’s a big place to play in. Very few people get the chance to play in a place like this,” Mulkey said.

“It’s a big game because it’s a conference game. I’m excited we get to play there. Last year, we played at Mizzou and that was exciting, even though we lost,” Suggs added.

“It’s a big stage. It’s the only time most of us will get a chance to play at Scottrade Center. I hope we play well and have a good showing,” Carpenter said.

Young had similar thoughts on the game.

“Getting to play in a facility like the Scottrade Center, no matter who you play, it’s a fun atmosphere for the kids, the fans, the parents and the student body,” Young said. “You have to soak it up because you’re going to relive these memories for the rest of your life.”

Games begin at 9:30 a.m. with the final contest scheduled for 8 p.m.

Tickets are available at or by calling 314-622-2551.


Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North



Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter


Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1




Pool 2


North Tech


Monday, Nov. 24

CBC 77, Washington 52

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Cardinal Ritter vs. Rockwood Summit, PPD

Washington 63, Soldan 62

Borgia 83, Union 50

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Carnahan 71, Normandy 46

Pacific 64, Rockwood Summit 22

North Tech 67, Union 37

Thursday, Nov. 27

McCluer North 95 Carnahan 68

CBC 82, Soldan 55

Borgia 50, North Tech 45

Friday, Nov. 28

McCluer North 93, Normandy 39

Pacific 70, Cardinal Ritter 57

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation — Rockwood Summit 47, Normandy 38

Gold Consolation — Soldan 78, Union 59

Gold Third Place — North Tech 63, Washington 57

Blue Third Place — Cardinal Ritter 71, Carnahan 46

Blue Championship — McCluer North 64, Pacific 58 (OT)

Gold Championship — CBC 67, Borgia 66

Boys Basketball

Monday, Dec. 8

Lutheran S 64, St. Clair 48

Borgia 61, Carnahan 51

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Lafayette 44, Washington 35

Friday, Dec. 12

Potosi 72, St. Clair 45

*Washington 69, Ft. Zumwalt North 65

Montgomery Co 62, New Haven 61

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Bourbon 75, Union 74

Glendale 63, Pacific 46

Saturday, Dec. 13

New Haven 46, Barat 40

Nixa 56, Pacific 46

Tuesday, Dec. 16

*Pacific 70, New Haven 35

*Hermann 67, St. Clair 49

*Ft. Zumwalt South 61, Washington 50

*Union 81, St. James 74

Thursday, Dec. 18

Friday, Dec. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Washington vs. Parkway Central, GAC/Suburban Shootout, St. Charles Family Arena, 5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

%Washington vs. TBA    4 p.m.

%Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff    5:30 p.m.

%St. Clair vs. TBA    TBA

%Sullivan Shootout

Girls Basketball

Saturday, Dec. 6

Cor Jesu 63, Borgia 60

New Haven 46, Moberly 39

Monday, Dec. 8

Pacific 73, Rolla 40

St. Clair 68, Dixon 37

Washington 54, New Haven 15

Tuesday, Dec. 9

*Borgia 59, Rosati-Kain 38

Union 53, Northwest 44

Thursday, Dec. 11

*Borgia 60, Notre Dame 53

Union 81, Bourbon 53

Friday, Dec. 12

New Haven 45, Principia 30

*Washington 59, Ft. Zumwalt North 32

Saturday, Dec. 13

West Plains 76, Pacific 37

Monday, Dec. 15

*Pacific 46, New Haven 28

*St. Clair 59, Hermann 50

*St. James 64, Union 37

Sullivan Tournament

Cuba 48, Principia 27

Borgia 68, Patriettes 29

Sullivan 56, Pattonville 43

Owensville 78, Farmington 54

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Sullivan Tournament

Pattonville vs. Farmington, 4 p.m.

Sullivan vs. Owensville, 5:30 p.m.

Principia vs. Pattonville, 7 p.m.

Borgia vs. Cuba, 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

Sullivan Tournament    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.


Monday, Dec. 8

Maplewood 48, Borgia 30

Brentwood 47, Borgia 36

Winfield 48, St. Clair 36

St. Clair 42, St. James 40

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Pacific 55, North County 10

Jackson 63, Washington 12

Farmington 63, Washington 6

Wednesday, Dec. 10

Borgia 36, Lutheran St. Charles 34

Winfield 54, Borgia 30

Thursday, Dec. 11

Union 72, Ft. Zumwalt East 9

Union 52, Principia 30

Union 54, Winfield 27

Saturday, Dec. 13

Union Tournament    9 a.m.

Borgia at McCluer S-Berkeley Tny    9 a.m.

Pacific at Farmington Tny    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Owensville 61, St. Clair 16

Union 48, Owensville 27

Union 65, St. Clair 18

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Monday, Dec. 8

Washington at Eureka    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Washington at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

LSC/OFC 134, Borgia 101, St. Dominic 83

Monday, Dec. 15

Borgia at Notre Dame (Forest Park)    4 p.m.

Washington at Kennedy    6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Washington at Lindbergh    4 p.m.

*Conference Games

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